DJ Mayimbe (Los Angeles, California)
Written by cbruser on February 15, 2018
Full name: Mario G Gatica
He was born in Guatemala and raised in Los Angeles showing. Having the mixture and influence of both Guatemalan and American culture, he is considered one if the top dj’s in the LA salsa/mambo scene. At a young age, he became part of the underground/house/techno/drum&base movement in the Los Angeles area.
In 1994, after his father passed away he inherited latin music records from his dad as part of the Gatica legacy. He nurtured his musical knowledge by listening to genres such as mambo, rumba, son, guaguanco, cha cha cha, boogaloo, guajira, guaracha, etc. He embraced what Salsa was all about, even to this day. He went from being a collectionist, to digging for personal enjoyment and now sharing it to the world wherever he goes leaving the crowd wanting more all the time.
His resume as a Dj include the following:
Part of the first Los Angeles Original Vinyl movement “Mambo OnWax”.
He has played at some of the best dance socials & clubs in SoCal including:
Socials: Unified On2 Social,The Mambo Outlet in LA (resident Dj, Mambo Inc. Social), Melomano Social in SD (resident Dj, Hernandez brothers), I Heart Mambo Social in SF (resident Dj for 2 years) Mambo Pica Pica in Seattle hosted by Roy Ruiz and DjYambu, Clave Jook Joint, Cielo social, Omambo Social, Salsa n Seattle
The Unified On2 Project labeled as the 1st ever dj’s & dancers tour, which he created and has now established with dj’s and dance companies in the LA/OC/SD area.
Clubs: The Granada LA, Steven’s Steak House, PCH Club, Wokcano, Sevilla’s (Long Beach,Riverside,San Diego)Tango Del Rey, Tapas, Vasilio’s, Envy Lounge,Rumba Room
La Mafia del Vinilo (Mexico). He has also been in Vancouver, Canada for one the best socials “Duelo”, also.”
i like it like that social” in London England
S.O.S salsa on Sundays UK
He has worked and played in events alongside Tito Allen, Frankie Morales, Javier Vazquez, Adalberto Santiago, Lebron Brothers, Primi Cruz, Boogaloo Assassins, Frankie Figueroa, Yolanda Rivera, Tony Molina, Bobby Valentin, Charlie Aponte, La Sonora Ponceña, Ray De La Paz …
Houston Salsa Congress,LABKS Festival Seattle salsa congress, Los Angeles Bachata festival, Los Angeles Summer Bachata festival, College salsa congress, Las Vegas salsa congress, (vinyl DJ champion) ,East Meets West Portland and the list goes on and on!